Source:Cayman Islands Government Information and Services (Grand Cayman)
Posted: Friday, April 13, 2012
Most recent follow-up news item: March 3, 2021
The Cayman Islands' Premier, McKeeva Bush, has announced that, contrary to earlier announcements, the Cayman Islands Government would not hold its upcoming referendum on the date of the May 2013 general election, but rather on July 18, 2012.
Earlier this year (2012-02-27), The Cayman Islands' Premier, McKeeva Bush, had announced that the Cayman Islands Government would hold a referendum at the same time as the May 2013 general election.
The reason given, at the time, being to avoid the declaration of too many public holidays as the Public Holidays Law (2007 Revision) and the Elections Law (2004 Revision) (2005-07-12), mandate that the day of elections be declared non-working public holidays in the Cayman Islands. Under the assumption that referenda were to be legally assimilated to elections, the date of previous referenda had therefore been set on the date of general elections (2008-12-01).
However, a statement issued yesterday from the Prime Minister's office stated that "No holiday [is being] planned for the referendum date". The Premier's Press Secretary, Charles Glidden, goes on to argue that while the Public Holidays Law (2007 Revision) does state that public holidays shall include "the day appointed under the Elections Law for the taking of the poll at a general election in the Islands" (2007-06-19) but that it precedes the establishment of voter-initiated referenda (2008-12-01) and therefore does not apply.
Links and References
Below are links to the news stories referred to in the above "Cayman Islands July 18 Public Holiday Ruled-Out" news story, as well as links to subsequents news stories which refer to the present news story.